Legal news from Saturday, March 4, 2006
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Parts of a broader, more human picture of the Guantanamo detainees, their frustrations and the cases against them have begun to emerge from the depths of over 5000 pages of documentation [PDF files] on over 300 specific detainees released by the Pentagon [JURIST report] late Friday under court order. [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Two separate press-sponsored investigations reported Saturday show a marked increase in secret proceedings in US federal courts in the last few years, mirroring a general trend towards secrecy in the executive branch of government during the Bush presidency. Figures tallied by the Administrative Office of the US Courts [official [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Manila Daily Tribune [media website] reported Saturday that it has been charged with sedition in the wake of the Friday lifting of President Gloria Arroyo's state of emergency [JURIST report; Proclamation 1021 text]. The offices of the paper, known for its sharp criticism of the government, were raided [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian [official profile] told the Japanese Yomiuri Shimbun daily in an interview reported Saturday that he was resolved to drafting a new constitution [current text] for the country better suited to its current circumstances. Earlier in the week, Chen stirred controversy when he put an end [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lanka Solicitor General C.R. de Silva [official profile] announced Saturday that two men photographed stealing a gold necklace from a woman while she struggled in the rushing waters of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami [JURIST news archive] will be prosecuted for murder. If convicted, they could face the [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] US mega-retailer Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] Friday that it will stock the emergency contraceptive pill known as Plan B [product website] in all of its pharmacies nationwide beginning March 20. Previously the chain had only stocked the pills in its pharmacies in Illinois, as [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] In response to a February injunction [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] imposed by US Distict Judge Jeremy Fogel [official profile], California prosecutors Friday proposed altering the combination of sedatives and life-ending drugs used in executions in order to ensure that prisoners do not become conscious or experience "wanton or unnecessary [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department [official website] has launched an investigation into possible price-fixing of music downloads by major label record companies, according to Department sources. The Department has already issued subpoeanas to four major record labels: EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner Music. Federal officials are attempting to discern [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Ecuadorian judge Friday ordered the release from prison of former president Lucio Gutierrez [Wikipedia profile], ruling that he was not a threat to national security. Ecuador's Attorney General's office has already said it will appeal. Gutierrez was arrested [JURIST report] in October and later jailed after calling his [read more]

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